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I love me some post-apocalyptic books and Mindy Mcginnis delivers!
Kennedy's introduction to the paranormal world begins after her mother dies and the evil spirit that killed her comes after Kennedy. Fortunately, identical twin brothers Jared and Lukas are there to drive the spirit off and rescue her. (Yummy, gorgeous twins!) Kennedy is then forced to come to terms that her mother was part of a secret society that was sworn to protect the world from a vengeful demon, and now that her mom is gone, Kennedy must step up and join the Legion.
Moxie starts her summer in an unusual way. She answers her front door one morning and is confronted by a mystery woman who threatens Moxie and her family if Moxie's grandpa doesn't return some "items" to a man named Sully Cupcakes, a notorious gangster. Now, Moxie knew that her grandpa used to do some not-technically legal things for the more unsavory types of Boston, but that was before she was born! Her grandpa now lives in an elder care facility and he has Alzheimer's! Some days he doesn't even remember who Moxie is!
Rush is the first book in a series called The Game by Eve Silver. The main character is a teenage girl named Mika. She tries to live a normal life, but its been difficult since her mother died and her father has started drinking. She compensates by trying to control things in her life, but it all goes haywire when she starts hearing a boy's voice in her head and then she dies while saving a little girl from a speeding truck.
Sometimes a work of fiction can feel so eerily familiar, so true for all its fantastic elements, that your soul screams out "I know that!" even as your rational mind is blustering about insisting that it's preposterous. I find that feeling far more often in the pages of children's literature — which, being somewhat of a junkie, is the main reason I sell kids' books — but I must confess that it strikes the deeper chord in a select few books written for adults. To which select list I'm now going to add Bee Ridgway's brilliant debut novel, The River of No Return.
Wherever you go, there you are.
False Sight, the hair-raising sequel to False Memory, is what happens when you let a prodigious imagination just run rampant. It starts out innocently enough at an average Midwest high school homecoming. Then things get a little weird with a schizophrenic clone totally crashing the dance and sending the Rose Alpha team to the morgue. Then things get a lot weird with a basement tunnel that leads to an underground network of self-propelling carts that terminate at the biggest vat of sinister black not-water ever seen.
Etiquette & Espionage is quite possibly the most fun I've ever had in reading. This is alternate history at its finest. It's the story of a Finishing School. And you quickly figure out that means very different things to different people.
The people with power in Kyla's world — an England in a not-so-distant future — have figured out how to re-map the human brain to conform to their ideals. Spurred by ongoing terrorist threats, state scientists have invented drugs that completely erase memory and sense of self, creating a blank slate. (Hence the title.) Unfortunately, it only works on juvenile minds. But any under-age deviants from the straight and narrow can be completely reformed. Painlessly and humanely. No incarceration. No recidivism. No worries.
You're not quite sure while reading The Darkest Minds just why Ruby thinks she is a monster. Yes, she sees kids with her psychic abilities do horrible things, but she is not one of them. She works hard to suppress her mind, only slipping up in times of dire stress. And the things she does are not harmful; she doesn't kill or make people suffer cruelly as others like her do. So for many chapters it's not obvious why she is so filled with self-loathing. But then pieces start falling into place, and the true horror of her life slowly creeps up your spine.